Our spring session of Toddler Time started today, hooray! The winter session was so popular with patrons, that I’m very curious to see how this one goes. We had a slightly smaller crowd than normal today, but it was still a pretty full house (and, honestly, I blame the icky weather for keeping people at home). Our theme today was bugs because it’s one of my favorite themes to do for storytime!
OPEN, SHUT THEM
HANDS UP HIGH
Credit: Manly Library
TINY LITTLE FLY BY MICHAEL ROSEN
CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE BY JAN THOMAS
I’M A LITTLE BEETLE
Credit: Mel’s Desk
THE ITSY BITSY, GREAT BIG, AND ROCKIN’ ROLLIN’ SPIDER
SHOO FLY, DON’T BOTHER ME
Credit: Song is traditional; however, I also used these great pipe cleaner puppets from Mel’s Desk
THE ANTS GO MARCHING
Rhyme Credit: Traditional
Flannel Set Credit: In the Children’s Room
CALM DOWN RHYME:
Instead of catching bugs, we caught bubbles while we listened to the YMCA (weird song to listen to during bubbles, but it’s so upbeat and peppy, that’s it’s good background music for activities).
CHILDREN, CHILDREN TURN AROUND
HOW IT WENT:
I decided to add a calm down rhyme right after our flannelboard because the toddlers are always so rambunctious by then. I know it’s a good thing and that it means that they’re enjoying themselves, but I also feel as though barely any of them pay attention to the second story because of it. So I decided that Twinkle, Twinkle is a good song to use to try to calm everyone down enough to sit through another story. And I was right. Even though we had lots of rowdy kids marching around the room for The Ants Go Marching, they all climbed into a caregiver’s lap and settled down during Twinkle Twinkle.
Overall, I think today was a big success, and this is a great storytime plan to use. The books invited lot of questions and interactions. And many of the rhymes were familiar to the caregivers, so they all sang along. However, the toddlers were especially rowdy during the bubbles portion. Bubbles were a big hit in the winter session, but today I had older toddlers running around like crazy, not watching where they were going, running into each other, and stepping on the younger ones. I tried to control the chaos by telling the toddlers to find a square (our storytime carpet has colorful squares on it) and to stay in their square and wait for the bubbles to come to them, but that only worked with two older kids for about ten seconds, then chaos ensued again. Oh well…we’ll be taking a two week break from bubbles, and maybe I’ll think of something to keep order by then. (Probably not, though.)